For Immediate Release: September 25, 2017
Senate Republicans Join White Supremacists Ranks, Introduce Bigoted Immigration Bill
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Succeed Act:
“Earlier this month, Donald Trump cowed to the demands of white supremacists and rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memo that allowed nearly 800,000 young immigrants to live their lives, work and go to school without fear. His cruelty knows no bounds, and he is now using the lives of these DACAmented youths as a bargaining chip to advance a bigoted agenda to appease the racist-wing of the Republican Party.
The Succeed Act introduced today is more of the same: another bill brought forward by Republicans that continues to criminalize immigrant communities. The bill calls for the extreme vetting of immigrants, and restricts family reunification and legal migration.
We’ve seen this all before and we’re not going to stand for it. We demand that a clean Dream Act is brought to the floor for a vote. The overwhelming majority of the country is on our side. It’s time for Republicans to grow a spine, get on board and say no to bigotry.”